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O'Malley Op-ed: Donald Trump’s reckless stance on gun laws

It tells you everything you need to know about today’s Republican Party that its frontrunner for President believes immigrants are a bigger threat to this country than assault weapons.

Donald Trump recently released a plan to allow unfettered access to handguns without adequate safety measures like universal background checks. He opposes state laws prohibiting high-capacity magazines and assault weapons. And he proposes federalizing concealed carry permit programs.

This is, quite honestly, reckless and irresponsible.

His proposal is just shameless pandering to the National Rifle Association—one of the most powerful special interest lobbies in the country. The only thing on which we agree is that our country has a problem with gun violence. But, unlike Donald Trump, I know that the only way to combat gun violence is by standing up to the NRA and implementing comprehensive gun safety laws.

That’s exactly what I’ve done throughout my career, and will do as President. Will you stand with me today?

As President, I will pass a national assault weapons ban, implement stricter background checks, and increase efforts to reduce straw-buying, like fingerprint requirements.

Sign up today to stand with me against gun violence, and read my full policy paper on how I’d address this issue.

https://martinomalley.com/act-on-gun-violence

Thanks,

Martin O’Malley


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How to build a clock from Tom the Dancing Bug

"Like the Syrians, I fled my country. Here’s what you don’t understand about refugees."

In much of America, Syrian refugees are seen as threats, not victims. In February, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), said that accepting Syrians would create a “federally funded jihadi pipeline” to the United States. In June, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called a hearing on the issue, arguing that terrorist groups might use refugee programs “to carry out attacks in Europe and America.” Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has agreed, warning that we have to be “very careful about who we let enter this country.”

These arguments fundamentally misunderstand what it means to be a refugee. Abandoning your home during wartime is not a choice or a political opportunity. It’s a survival instinct, a frantic attempt to protect yourself and your children from violence, starvation or death.

This is a reality I know only too well. Sixteen years ago, I was forced to flee Kosovo after the Serbian military burned my house to the ground. That experience taught me just how desperate life can be for a refugee and how important it is to treat asylum seekers with kindness and grace.


Whole Washington Post op-ed from Mikra Krasniqi here
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/09/18/like-the-syrians-i-fled-my-country-heres-what-you-dont-understand-about-refugees/

x-posted to Good Reads

"Like the Syrians, I fled my country. Here’s what you don’t understand about refugees."

In much of America, Syrian refugees are seen as threats, not victims. In February, the House Homeland Security Committee chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.), said that accepting Syrians would create a “federally funded jihadi pipeline” to the United States. In June, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) called a hearing on the issue, arguing that terrorist groups might use refugee programs “to carry out attacks in Europe and America.” Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has agreed, warning that we have to be “very careful about who we let enter this country.”

These arguments fundamentally misunderstand what it means to be a refugee. Abandoning your home during wartime is not a choice or a political opportunity. It’s a survival instinct, a frantic attempt to protect yourself and your children from violence, starvation or death.

This is a reality I know only too well. Sixteen years ago, I was forced to flee Kosovo after the Serbian military burned my house to the ground. That experience taught me just how desperate life can be for a refugee and how important it is to treat asylum seekers with kindness and grace.


Whole Washington Post op-ed from Mikra Krasniqi here
https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/09/18/like-the-syrians-i-fled-my-country-heres-what-you-dont-understand-about-refugees/

Tom Toles on Trump

O'Malley's letter to Obama on the Syrian Crisis

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you for your administration’s commitment to addressing the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Due to your leadership, the United States has led the international community as the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance. The American people should be proud that this policy reflects their generosity and compassion.

The images from Europe this month reminded the world that more than four million Syrians have been made refugees. Many governments are responding admirably by significantly increasing their refugee quotas to match the depth of the crisis. I appreciate your administration’s attention to this issue, but I was disappointed to learn that the United States would accept only 10,000 Syrian refugees next year. We can do more than a token increase.

I have called for the United States to accept at least 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2017 – a number that is consistent with past U.S. policy and requests from humanitarian organizations. Welcoming 65,000 refugees would be the rough equivalent of accommodating just six more people in a baseball stadium that holds 32,000. Germany has one-fourth our population and is accepting 800,000 refugees this year, and 500,000 in subsequent years.

Certainly we can do more. Our credibility as a leader of nations requires that we do more. And the principles of our country demand that we do more.

As a former governor, I am aware of the precautions that must be taken to protect our homeland.
But our country is large enough and compassionate enough to welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2017, and I encourage you to do everything in your power to respond appropriately to this moral imperative.

Sincerely,
Martin O’Malley
Former Governor of Maryland


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O'Malley's letter to Obama on the Syrian Crisis

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you for your administration’s commitment to addressing the Syrian humanitarian crisis. Due to your leadership, the United States has led the international community as the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance. The American people should be proud that this policy reflects their generosity and compassion.

The images from Europe this month reminded the world that more than four million Syrians have been made refugees. Many governments are responding admirably by significantly increasing their refugee quotas to match the depth of the crisis. I appreciate your administration’s attention to this issue, but I was disappointed to learn that the United States would accept only 10,000 Syrian refugees next year. We can do more than a token increase.

I have called for the United States to accept at least 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2017 – a number that is consistent with past U.S. policy and requests from humanitarian organizations. Welcoming 65,000 refugees would be the rough equivalent of accommodating just six more people in a baseball stadium that holds 32,000. Germany has one-fourth our population and is accepting 800,000 refugees this year, and 500,000 in subsequent years.

Certainly we can do more. Our credibility as a leader of nations requires that we do more. And the principles of our country demand that we do more.

As a former governor, I am aware of the precautions that must be taken to protect our homeland.
But our country is large enough and compassionate enough to welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees by 2017, and I encourage you to do everything in your power to respond appropriately to this moral imperative.

Sincerely,
Martin O’Malley
Former Governor of Maryland


O'Malley on Late Night with Seth Meyers - the videos

http://www.nbc.com/late-night-with-seth-meyers/video/gov-martin-omalley-on-beating-bernie-sanders-and-hillary-clinton/2906459?onid=147636#vc147636=1

and

http://www.nbc.com/late-night-with-seth-meyers/video/gov-martin-omalley-on-his-rock-star-past/2906458

Donald Trump's "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie"

Mice are losers and thieves and rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
But they're always begging for handouts. "Ooh, give me some cheese, give me a cookie."
I've never made cookies before, but if I did, they'd be the best cookies. They'd be classy.
I'd be a terrific cookie-maker. I have a plan to make the greatest cookies ever.
My cookies will huge... like Rosie O'Donnell. Megyn Kelly will eat so many of these cookies she'll have crumbs coming out of her nose and her... wherever.
Let me tell you--my beautiful wife, Melania, she makes the most luxurious cookies. I think women will really love her cookies. Trust me.
Rand Paul makes terrible cookies. I mean, his cookies are the worst. He's a loser. Nobody likes his cookies.
But we've got to keep the mice away from our cookies. I'm going to build the biggest, best mousetrap ever, and I'm going to make the mice pay for it themselves, because mice are losers.


From anonymous web denizen Tangent.

O'Malley on the Diane Rehm show - live now

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-09-15/the-2016-presidential-race-a-conversation-with-democratic-candidate-and-former-maryland-governor-martin-omalley

I'll post the archive link about an hour after the show.

Here's the archive of the show:

http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio/#/shows/2015-09-15/the-2016-presidential-race-a-conversation-with-democratic-candidate-and-former-maryland-governor-martin-omalley/111095/@00:00
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